Citizenship Under Siege:
The US Constitution’s preamble speaks of “We the People”—but who is considered part of that sacred circle, and how has this group varied over time? When national identity is hotly contested, what does it mean to experience citizenship as partial, denied, or fully acknowledged? How can the humanities illuminate differing narratives and open up space for understanding, connections, and shared visions of the future?
The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment invite faculty, staff, students, and campus community partners to join in one or all of three FREE webinars. These events are designed to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences.
More information is available here.
A Three-Part Series
From Fractious Differences to Engaged Dialogues (October 13, 2016)
Income Inequality and the Cost of Citizenship (October 27, 2016)
I Want My Country Back: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship (November 3, 2016)
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these webinars do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Please join us in welcoming Verdis Robinson as the new interim national manager of The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC, as you know, is our sister community college civic learning and democratic engagement project.
Verdis comes to the position as a tenured assistant professor having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning history courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s The Democracy Commitment (TDC) campus coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, he has served on TDC national steering committee and on the advisory council for the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative.
Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s faculty seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ faculty seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. Additionally, he is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 300 members of Rochester community in discussion and learning.
Verdis holds a B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.
You can read a message from Verdis here.
Dr. Bernie Ronan, co-founder of The Democracy Commitment, died in Arizona after a his struggle with cancer. Bernie passed away surrounded by his family and the love of his extended community.
Bernie was tireless in his work for democracy, and every element of The Democracy Commitment network bears his imprint. He was an organizer, advocate, leader, and an eloquent spokesman for community college students. He was also a profound theorist of democratic culture, and wrote about the significance of democratic engagement in the lives of students.
Bernie had a long and distinguished career as a public servant, after an earlier career as a theologian. Earlier this year he retired as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs of the Maricopa Community Colleges. He oversaw the Division of Public Affairs, which includes government relations, marketing, media relations, communications, as well as the Center for Civic Participation. He had been an administrator in the Maricopa Colleges for the past 20 years, including serving as the Acting President of Mesa Community College in 2007-8.
Prior to his service in the Maricopa Colleges, Bernie was Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, and Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.
Over his career as a public administrator, he had developed numerous community partnerships and did research and analysis on public policy issues. An Arizona native, he received a doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University.
In honor of his tremendous devotion and commitment to TDC and the national civic engagement movement, TDC renamed its student scholarship award after him. The Bernie Ronan Award will stand as a living testimony to this good and loyal friend. We will miss him deeply.